Urvashi Butalia on gendered violence, journalism, and silences

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Urvashi Butalia believes news coverage of sexual violence has improved in recent years, but there is still a long way to go. Photo: Rohan Surti

Urvashi Butalia is a well-known feminist — a writer, a publisher, and a Padma Shri winner (with Ritu Menon) for her work in literature and education. In 1984, in the company of Menon, Butalia founded Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing house. She now directs Zubaan Books, an imprint of Kali.

Butalia’s books include Speaking Peace: Women’s Voices from Kashmir, and The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India, which won the Oral History Book Association Award in 2001 and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture in 2003. In a telephone conversation with Sanya Chandra, Maanya Saran, Biplob K Das, and Yamini Krishnan, Butalia discussed sexual violence, journalism, and the silences surrounding sexual violence. …


Sanya Chandra

Ashoka University ’21 | History & International Relations Major | Interested in Gender, Popular Culture and Journalism

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